New Guidance on COVID Caregivers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) early this week issued a new guidance on employers responsibilities and obligations regarding employees who may be caregivers for children, elderly or other vulnerable individuals relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it may have had on them and their ability to work. The agency reiterated that…

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New York Boosts Harassment Protections

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law legislation that expands protections against sexual harassment by eliminating the longtime legal standard of “severe and pervasive”. Historically, under the old legal standard, discriminatory or retaliatory harassment had the burden of proving that the alleged harassment was “severe and pervasive”, whereas now, harassment need only…

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Let’s Not Rush It!

We’ve all heard that “the wheels of government turn slowly”, but this fact raises that old adage to legendary status.  It seems after some 26 years of deliberation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that at long last it has finalized a “new” rule on slip, trip and fall hazards for employees.  Actually,…

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